On a client consulting call yesterday, one of my students asked about grants. I explained to her that yes, Homeless Vet Grant Per Diem Grants were available, but the money flow looks like this:
Local providers are people like you!
They are also the local CANS (Community Action Networks) and other non profits that are responsible for administering the homeless veteran grant per diem program monies and other different grants. Once you begin building relationships with these local grant recipients and marketing your housing options to them, they will begin contacting you! Typically, they will look to help place people for the following reasons:
- Bridge Housing: Emphasizes short stays, quick connection to permanent housing and necessary supportive services and benefits for homeless veterans that are in need of the grant per diem
- Service-Intensive Transitional Housing: Emphasizes slightly longer stays paired with intensive services and supports to address a veteran’s barriers to achieving permanent housing; or
- Transition-in-Place: This is more of a section 8 type program where the homeless veteran grant per diem program is essentially run through the section 8 VASH program office. It is a time limited transitional housing option where the veteran takes over the lease as their permanent housing.
In my Gold Course, I outline the different niches that you can serve once you get into the group home industry. At the very beginning however (unless you already have an “in”) I recommend being a broad based provider for a variety of special needs communities. Don’t restrict yourself to homeless veterans only – open it up for all types of people. Eventually, as you begin building up your network of Doctors, nurses, case workers, social workers etc. your phone will begin ringing off the hook and you can begin setting up specific homes for specific needs – i.e. homeless vets struggling with substance abuse issues
WHO CAN I CONTACT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE Homeless Veteran GRANT PER DIEM PROGRAM?
I typically only help my Coaching Clients build out lists of names and numbers in their local community – but today I want to give out some more specific info. Because I do not know exactly where you live, the best place to start is at the VA Headquarters.
What you can do is reach out to the following list of people in DC and ask them whom to get in touch with in your local community.
Mr. Jeffery Quarles, Grant Per Diem Program Director: EMAIL: Jeffery.Quarles@va.gov
Ms. Chelsea Watson, Deputy Director, VA GPO National Program Office:
Ms. Lisa Pape, National Director, VHA Homeless Programs and now Chief of Staff(202) 761-7016
Remember, when contacting these people, make sure you have your SCRIPT put together like I outline in my GOLD COURSE. You need to sound professional and know what you are talking about!
Hope this information is extremely beneficial for you!